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Wrist Watch - Trench, 'ANZAC', 1920s Object Reg. No: HT 25378

Gents trench wristwatch, marked 'ANZAC watch', probably 1920s.

Swiss movement and nickel case, presumably with Australian dial. The wristwatch would appear to be an attempt to use the Anzac name to sell watches. The word Anzac (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) was quickly controlled from commercial exploitation by government. In 1916 the Commonwealth Government issued a regulation prohibiting the use of the word for commercial purposes. Some businesses, however, had already started using the word, and sought permission to continue to do so. In 1921 legislation was enacted by the Commonwealth Parliament for 'Anzac' to be a proper noun (no longer fully capitalized).
Manual, circular white dial with skeleton Arabic numerals, sub-seconds at six, nickel case and replacement brown leather bands.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 35 mm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: watches, world war i 1914-1918, anzacs, horology
Themes this item is part of: Science & Measurement Collection
Primary Classification: HOROLOGY
Secondary Classification: Watches
Tertiary Classification: australia
Inscriptions: Dial marked 'ANZAC WATCH'
Inside rear case stamped: 360708.
Place & Date Manufactured: Australia, 1920s
References: Information on use of the word 'Anzac' from the Department of Veterans Affairs web site http://www.anzacsite.gov.au/5environment/anzac/anzac.html, accessed 5/6/2013.

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